FVTC’s grad employment highest in 17 years
According to Fox Valley Technical College’s latest Graduate Employment Research Report, 95 percent of all 2017 FVTC graduates found employment within six months of graduation, the highest figure for the institution in 17 years. Similar data on graduate employment at FVTC covering the two previous years revealed that 94 percent of alumni found jobs within six months, up from 92 percent in 2014. The study is done each year and examines the graduation status of students from the previous year’s class. Another impressive finding from the latest survey indicates a record 70 academic programs at FVTC with 100 percent graduate employment. “Fox Valley Technical College’s graduate em-ployment data reflects our close connections to the needs of area employers and a proactive commitment to building marketable skills in our students,” said Dr. Susan May, president of FVTC. “To support the needs of today’s workforce, we’re focused on providing graduates with the skill sets in demand while working with employers across the region to expand the knowledge and skills of their current employees.” In addition, local employers are rewarding FVTC talent with impressive salaries. The new report cites an average annual salary of more than $52,000 for graduates after being in the workforce for five years. Programs out of FVTC’s Wautoma Regional Center produced a 96 percent graduation employment rate. These technical diploma and associate degree programs offered in Wautoma include Farm Business & Production Management and Truck Driving in 2017, in addition to certificate offerings in administrative professional, metal machining, fabrication, and welding, and general studies. FVTC’s newly-constructed Wautoma Regional Center will open in August with new degree offerings in certified nursing assistant and industrial maintenance. There will also be expanded truck driving instruction, in addition to continuing with current programming and adult basic education and personal enrichment offerings.